Today's Readings: OT - Ecclesiastes 2 / NT - Hebrews 12:1-17
"See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." - Hebrews 12:15
We often have a lot of fruit in our house during the summer. When it first arrives it's sweet to the taste and healthy for the body. As time passes we fail to eat it all and it starts to spoil. The taste changed from good to bitter and we missed the opportunity to enjoy the sweetness.
Living with trials and struggles brings about the same process. In the midst of troubles, God avails himself to give us the sweet taste of his Grace. (Hebrews 4:16) When we choose to ignore this opportunity, we miss his grace and a bitter root grows up. We start to complain and eventually cause trouble for others. The sweetness is gone and we've started to spoil and taste bad to others.
Have you missed the grace of God lately? Did you ignore the need for his grace when you were offended, tried or pressured by change? Are you now living with the results of a bitter root? Are others finding your presence to be a bad taste? Here is a word to wise, don't miss the opportunity to be sweet to the taste... "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)
Tomorrow's Readings: OT - Ecclesiastes 3 / NT - Hebrews 12:18-29